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Keeping Bugs Out of the House

At Winding Pathways, we take joy in fall’s colorful leaves, cool days, and clear air, but we know insects are on the move. Box Elder Bugs, Asian Beetles, other insects and spiders, and mice all sense that frigid air is on the way and seek shelter from the cold. Houses offer secure nooks and crannies […]

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A kid and a cricket

Late Summer and Early Fall Insects

As summer winds down, our warm weather has continued in the upper Midwest and insects are having a heyday.  Cicadas still call and Katydids make quite a racket at night. Behind all these summer sounds is the high pitched “cheek-cheek-cheek” of crickets.  Mosquitoes persist as do any number of tiny biting insects the gravitate to […]

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Wolf Spider

Spiders in the House

Every once in a while an enormous wolf spider startles us when we go downstairs and flip on a light. We call him “Wolfie”.  Fortunately, most of the time he (Wolfie might be a she) stays out of sight and is helpful because (s)he eats other critters that inhabit homes with humans. Spiders are just […]

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Spring Haikus

Reminiscing on some Haikus from the past. These seemed a good way to honor spring and welcome summer. March Quivering seed pods Last year’s fruit, This year’s promise Red buds produce life. April April ‘to Open’ Birds beckon, flowers unfold Hope, re-birth, re-new. May Dampness Awakens. Slow green shoots appear and grow. Spring bursts in […]

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Butterfly on Monarda

Butterflies Galore!

Carol Lampe shared these pictures and write up of her wondrous yard and the pollinator action on Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum).  This is a particularly valuable fast food stop for migrating butterflies as it lasts into autumn. We have found it a bit difficult to start and then it takes off!  Give it plenty of space and […]

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Yellow Jacket Ground Nest

Yellow Jackets

As Marion was looking out the window recently she saw Rich abandon the lawn mower and race across the yard swatting and jumping as he ran. What was going on? He’d pushed the mower up close to wood mulch around a tree and disturbed a Yellow Jacket nest.   They boiled out of their underground home […]

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